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By Marc Blitzstein
Studio One - Walgreen Drama Center
October 5 - 15, 2006
Written in 1937 by Marc Blitzstein, The Cradle Will Rock is a music drama. An extraordinary example of socially conscious theatre, Cradle depicts a conspiracy to subjugate workers and their calls for a union uprising. Set in fictional “Steeltown, USA,” Cradle has a disturbing relevance to the issues affecting labor today.
The Cradle Will Rock is best known for the events surrounding the play’s opening in 1937. In the context of frequent bloody clashes between unions and corporations of the 1930s, Cradle’s subject matter was politically incendiary. Part of the Federal Theatre Project, a program of the WPA, the play was put ‘on hold’ at the last moment due to “budget cuts,” a move generally believed directly to target Cradle due to its political viewpoint. The efforts of producer John Houseman, director Orson Welles, actors, and the composer to open on time and the audience who witnessed that first performance has become as much a part of the play as the original composition. Brooks Atkinson of The New York Times wrote “the show raises a theatregoer’s metabolism and blows him out of the theatre on the thunder of the grand finale.” As Hallie Flannigan, head of the Federal Theatre Project said of Cradle, “the theatre, when it’s good, is always dangerous.” Our production will recreate the energy that many called the most moving theatrical experience of their lives. Don’t miss this theatrical legend.
Cara Akselrad (Princeton Junction, NJ)
Eric Kahn Gale (West Bloomfield, MI)
Sari Goldberg (New York, NY)
Sara Greenfield (Plymouth, MI)
Brian Holden (Traverse City, MI)
Daniel Kane (Northbrook, IL)
Nick Lang (Franklin, MI)
Frank Maiorana (Sterling Heights, MI),
Kevin McCarthy (Atlanta, GA)
Sharif Nasr (Bay City, MI)
Alexandra Odell (Charlotte, NC)
Zoe Palko (Ludington, MI)
Pat Rourke (Port Huron, MI)
Eric J. Schinzer (Portage, MI)
Rebecca Schwartzstein (Bethesda, MD)
Rachael Soglin (Madison, WI)
Daniel Strauss (Washington, D.C.)
James Wolk (Farmington Hills, MI)
Photo by Peter Smith Photography
|Music Director||Christian Matjias|
|Choreographer||Melissa Beck Matjias|
|Scenic & Lighting Designer||Gary Decker|
|Costume Designer||Christianne Myers|
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